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Consumer rights for broadband subscribers could receive a boost from the European Union (EU) as part of a major new ruling.

Under a set of new reforms of the telecoms industry, protection of users, competition and investments in new technology could all be strengthened, Reuters reported.

If the changes were to be implemented, consumers would be given clearer obligations when signing contracts, while broadband providers themselves could be forced to share technology and infrastructure.

A professor of telecoms economics at Warwick University, Martin Cave, told the news agency: "This decision will go a long way to maintaining strong competition, enhancing innovation and encouraging investment in super-fast broadband."

Mr Cave added that improving national broadband access was an investment which offered strong "economic potential".

The European Parliament recently voted in favour of imposing price caps for accessing mobile broadband services while overseas.

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